My first "Elvis Cole" read and I'm hooked-have already ordered two more. A great plotline with interwoven stories of revenge, love, friendship, loyalty and perserverence.
When readers step aboard this book, they should strap themselves in place; this story moves. The pace is almost relentless; the novel careens around hairpin turns and then rotates in a new direction. This is the first time I've read a book about Joe Pike and Elvis (yeah, really) Cole. They are two long-term friends who happen to run a detective agency together.
In this book, the author shares the backstory of Joe Pike (This is the 8th novel about these detectives). To call Joe edgy is an understatement; he scared one detective so badly that he had a smelly accident in front of his peers. Harvey Krantz never forgot and neither did anyone else in LAPD. He hates Joe.
The story starts when the Tortilla King (a powerful Hispanic businessman) calls Joe and asks for help finding his daughter, Karen Garcia. Joe and Karen dated years before and Mr. Garcia trusts Joe, but not LAPD. Unfortunately, Karen's body is soon found near the Hollywood Reservoir, where she had been jogging.
When Karen's death becomes linked to other murders, Krantz jails Joe for killing the main suspect in the murders. This book is so well-done that readers will be hard-pressed to figure out the killer(s) before Robert Crais wants us to know.
There is considerable emotion in this story; at the beginning Joe Pike seems to be a stoic and Elvis hides what he's feeling with throwaway one-liners. But the reader learns the dark secrets of what makes Joe tick and Elvis lets his laid-back humor slip (because of the seriousness of the issues). It is telling how committed each man is to covering the other one's back; they are a great team.
There are some great side characters in this book; John Chen (a James Bond wannabe) and tough cop Samantha Dolan. There's a lot of snappy dialogue, mostly from Elvis Cole. This is a great book.
1. The Monkey's Raincoat (1987)
2. Stalking the Angel (1988)
3. Lullaby Town (1992)
4. Free Fall (1993)
5. Voodoo River (1995)
6. Sunset Express (1996)
7. Indigo Slam (1997)
8. L. A. Requiem (1999)
A wonderful entry in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series.
all the books in this series are entertaining, some more than others
Robert Crais is a great mystery writer, and I love Elvis Cole and Pike!
Murder mystery. Interesting twist on the private eye mystery book.
An entertaining, fast read.
very good ,just can\'t put it down after starting it.It is a astonishing story full of twists and turns.
PI Joe Pike is called on by his ex-lover's father to solve her murder.
Detective Elvis Cole and his friend of 12 years, former policeman Joe Pike find their relationship somewhat strained when Joe's ex-lover, Karen, is horribly murdered.
Karen's father asks Pike and Cole to find the killer and the investigation turns into a deadly game.
A good cops and robbers sort of mix.
Great book in this series. A must read
Love, love, love the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels and this one was really hard to put down once it got going good! Another Winner!!!
Trouble with this is once you start it you can't put it down.
THIS IS THE BEST 'COLE' BOOK SO FAR, I'VE GOT SEVERAL TO GO!! LOVED IT!
This is my absolute favourite Crais novel and one of my all-time favourite reads. Very noir and atmospheric.